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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Dec 29, 2005 8:26pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: What did Jerry Garcia think of his peers?

Saying Jerry was better or worse than Paige, Clapton, Henrix, et al. is an "apples and oranges" comparison. It's highly subjective b/c the styles and even genres are quite different (i.e. Paige mostly hard rock, Clapton rooted mostly in Blues) but one thing you CAN say about Garcia is that he was fluent, conversant, and extraordinary in a cross-section of nearly every guitar style b/c he studied and played them all.

He started out as a bluegrass afficianado, became a great banjo picker, and then moved seamlessly into electric guitar, helping forge the 60's psychedelic sound. He can also play the blues (listen to Turn on the Bright Lights on his "Compliments" CD), folk, rock, even jazz as evidenced by some of the great 1973-74 jams on tunes like EYES.

Jerry was by any account an excellent and accomplished guitar player who sometimes suffered from his own excesses, but how many in the music biz haven't at some point?

All of this is to say if you like Hendrix or Paige or Slowhand over Jerry, fine. It's impossible to say which is "best" among those all would agree belong in a "best of" discussion.

But please don't call Jerry "overrated." That I think is not only grossly unfair but easily refuted just by listening to some examples available on this very web site.

(I would submit as "exhibit A" the LET IT GROW>DEAL from Hampton, VA. 5-1-81. Anyone who thinks Jerry was an overrated guitarist should listen to that, then come back and tell me with a straight face they still think so.)